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Police investigate Salem burglary

SALEM — Police investigators are looking for the public’s help in locating multiple suspects who smashed their way into Cricket Wireless at Eastgate Plaza early Tuesday morning and ran off with all the phones and tablets they could quickly grab.

“They made a mess,” Chief J.T. Panezott said.

Police were notified about an alarm at the store at 5:08 a.m. and responded to the scene off of East State Street within 2 1/2 minutes. The perpetrator or perpetrators shattered the front door, ran inside and took phones and tablets from displays before running back outside the door.

Detective Brad Davis said they suspect more than one person was involved and numerous phones of all different brands were stolen, along with tablets.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the plaza at that hour or the time leading up to it, including any suspicious vehicle or people, should call the police at 330-337-7811 and contact Davis.

The cell phone store has been open just a little over a year and will celebrate two years at the plaza in February. The Eastgate Plaza is also home to Giant Eagle.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Ohio Attorney General’s office responded to the scene to assist with the gathering of evidence. K-9 Argo also assisted and tried to do some tracking of the possible suspect or suspects.

Evidence was gathered at the scene, but police wouldn’t go into detail about the evidence or what they knew in order to avoid compromising the case.

The burglary termed a “smash and grab” remains under investigation.

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